In conversation with Rick Chesley
What inspired you during the project?
During my second New Perimeter journey, I was most inspired by two separate but related events. First was the tremendous quest for knowledge and experience shown by the students. They all, in their own way, are sharing Ethiopia’s journey forward. While the program started cautiously, as the week progressed it became clear that obtaining real, practical guidance, that could both help them in their careers and assist the nation as a whole, was driving the students individually and as a group. Second, as always, I was inspired by the tireless dedication of the New Perimeter team members from four continents. Not only did they sacrifice time away from their homes and practices, but they also brought incredible insights and enthusiasm to this program.
What was the most fulfilling aspect of the work?
The most fulfilling part of this program is when the first group of students “gets it” and really understands what we are trying to teach. At that point, the students are able to move beyond their traditional education process, and they become real participants in the program. Once the first couple of students become engaged, the process becomes, as it did in Addis, contagious. Within a few hours, we as teachers could stand back and allow the student – all of the students – to conduct their own negotiations. While the students’ participation began slowly, within a few days they took ownership of the problem and each participated in a negotiation toward a consensual agreement. To participate in this evolution was indeed rewarding.
What one word describes your New Perimeter trip?
About Rick Chesley
Rick is a partner in DLA Piper's Chicago and New York offices.